SAP TechEd 09 Demo Jam Liveblog Recap

This blog is a recap of the liveblog of the  SAP TechEd 09 conference Demo Jam. To read in chronological order, start from the bottom and work your way up.

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SAP TechEd 09 Keynote Address Liveblog

Liveblogging SAP TechEd 09

Are you stuck in your cube while Bob from BASIS is heading to SAP TechEd 09 in sunny Phoenix?  Are you afraid that you’ll miss out on all the sun and fun?  While we can’t send the sun, we’ll try to bring you the fun.  DataXstream will be liveblogging at SAP TechEd 09.

Head over to on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 to get up to second updates from the show.  We will be getting our liveblog on starting at 8am PDT (that’s 11am for you right-coasters) for the general keynote session.  We’ll also be liveblogging from SAP TechEd 09 Demo Jam at 8pm PDT on Tuesday.  The Demo Jam promises to be a great time, so plan to join us online after you put the kiddies to bed!

This is our first foray into liveblogging.  Hopefully it will go off without too many technical glitches.  We hope you’ll enjoy following the events with us!





DataXstream will be exhibiting at the SAP TECHED 09 Conference at the beautiful Phoenix Convention Center located in the heart of downtown Phoenix – October 13 – 16.  Stop by the DataXstream booth and see how we can make your next project a success.


For more information about the conference, please visit the SAP TECHED 09 Conference website.

Cforia Webinar July 23, 2009 – Improve SAP Accounts Receivable Visibility

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Learn how to increase visibility of your company’s accounts receivables.

Most SAP implementations do not provide good visibility into one of the most important assets that your company has, namely your accounts receivables portfolio.

Join Cforia on Thursday July 23, as Cforia Software shares a business improvement process that will help your company improve its receivables visibility.  This will allow your company to implement improved Accounts Receivables workflow.

Attend this webinar to learn the benefits of, and guidelines for maximizing visibility into your AR portfolio:

  • Know exactly how many calls, letters and the AR metrics contribution of every Collector in your organization.
  • Creation of an audit trail that tracks customers calls, correspondence and outcomes.
  • Track credit approvals, and chargeback authorizations.
  • Use root-cause analysis to troubleshoot chargebacks.
  • Streamline end of month Cash Forecasting so that it is completed in minutes, without manual spreadsheets.
  • Have excellent visibility into how your Business Process Outsourcer (BPO) is handling your account.

A practical demonstration will show how Automation Tools can help your receivables department reach increased levels of visibility.

Click here to register

Cforia Webinar July 22, 2009 – Credit, Collectons and Chargeback Automation Project Planning

Cforia Software LogoLearn how to increase your Credit Department’s value through
automation and process improvement.

Many companies are looking for answers to help them adapt to the current economic environment.  Your customers are requiring more contact to pay on time, while your management is requesting reduced head count and better cash forecast reporting.

Join Cforia on Wednesday July 22nd as they along with Quote to Cash Solutions (Q2C) present a credit, collections and chargeback automation project planning template that will maximize cash flow and improve customer satisfaction through improving Accounts Receivables Departmental productivity.

Attend this webinar to lean how to create a successful project plan to automate Credit, Collections & Chargebacks.

  • How to determine what is ripe for automation in “Your” company.
  • Deciding the best approach and calculation “ROI”.
  • Effective implementation.
  • The advantages of:
    • Process integration
    • Credit scoring
    • Automating the collections and dispute management process.
  • A checklist of tools to look for

The formal presentation will be followed by an open Question and Answer session.

Click here to register for the Cforia webinar.

DataXstream is a GOLD Sponsor of the 2008-2009 Team Summit


DataXstream goes for the Gold with Team Summit.  Read more about Team Summit in the full post.

ts_logo_ds-originalTeam Summit is a non-profit competitive ski and snowboard club dedicated to providing a safe, fun, goal oriented environment while promoting character development through athletics.  By taking advantage of Colorado’s best terrain: Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin, our focus is on producing great athletes and great people.  Our expert and professional coaches are available for some of the best training and racing opportunities anywhere in the world due to our naturally long season and consistent snow and weather!

Sapphire/ASUG 2009 Presentation – Leveraging SAP to Improve AR to Cash Flow Conversion Efficiency, Lessons Learned


Leveraging SAP to Improve A/R to Cash Flow Conversion Efficiency, Lessons Learned

In this economic climate, staffing levels are decreasing and at the same time customers are paying later than ever.  Historically, increasing cash flow used to mean adding collections personnel. This option is simply not available in today’s recession. Learn how enhancing SAP accounts receivables workflows will immediately improve your AR performance.

Key Learning Points:

1. How to increase customer touches without increasing headcount.

2. Increase cash flow by ensuring that collection events are optimized to maximize cash flow.

3. Measurements and reports to highlight at-risk customers, late payment trends, and other A/R metrics including enhanced cash flow forecasting.

Speakers: Tim Cooper – Senior Project Manager – DataXstream, LLC.

Tim has over 20 years of SAP FICO experience with an emphasis on accounts receivable, deductions & collections processes.  As a senior project manager at DataXstream he has deployed & supported A/R solutions at Textron Greenlee, Ferrero & Intradeco Apparel.  Tim brings project management experience and a hands-on perspective to engagements.  His experience also includes large complex SAP projects at companies as diverse as Lucent Technologies, Armstrong World Industries, and Bayer Corp.

Speaker: Chris Caparon – President – Cforia Software

Chris graduated from the University of Michigan in 1987 with dual degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering.  After graduating, he worked for seven years with several large distribution companies in a variety of management roles.  His areas of experience include:  Accounting; engineering; manufacturing; materials planning; quality; and sales.  Chris began business consulting in 1994 to leverage his broad range of business process  knowledge and technical background.  Over the next six years, Chris ran a 20 person consulting, sales and programming practice that focused on implementing ERP applications and business process reengineering.  He successfully ran over fifty projects across multiple business models.  As a result of his extensive experience in ERP software systems, Chris decided to concentrate his efforts on the weakest element in these packages, AR management.  Chris co-founded Cforia Software in 2000 with the goal of providing a best of breed application that streamlined the credit, collections and deductions processes to generate cash flow and earnings.   He has successfully implemented over 75 customers that include Napa Auto Parts, Citizen Watch, Teledyne, Stryker Medical, Seiko Watch, Sunrise Medical, and Ashley Furniture.

FortiusOne & DataXstream Partner To Deliver Visual Intelligence To SAP Customers



Arlington, VA – May 4, 2009 – FortiusOne, the leading provider of rich, dynamic Visual Intelligence, today announced their partnership with DataXstream, an SAP integration leader.

geoiq-enterprise-colorDataXstream will be integrating SAP enterprise data into FortiusOne’s GeoIQ for Enterprise. Through FortiusOne’s GeoIQ, enterprise customers can easily analyze and visualize their SAP enterprise data.

integration solutions are built with standard integration design approaches and techniques while delivering robust designs to effectively manage high volumes, accurately deliver data when it is needed and recover from error events when they occur.

“Our partnership with DataXstream greatly extends our current reach into the enterprise market,” said Tony Bansal, President and CFO of FortiusOne. “By leveraging DataXstream’s extensive experience fusing cutting edge technologies with existing enterprise solutions, we can deliver Visual Intelligence solutions to all SAP business users. Enterprise decision makers can easily monitor critical business indicators for making tactical and strategic decisions like never before.”

DataXstream’s innovative implementation with FortiusOne’s GeoIQ will provide decision makers across the enterprise with a ‘geographic dashboard’ of dynamic data feeds of both SAP enterprise data and external data, such as demographic, GDP or foreclosure data. While FortiusOne’s GeoIQ currently supports the most commonly used data formats, such as spreadsheet data, shapefiles or Google Earth KML, DataXstream extends GeoIQ’s support to include SAP ERP data.

“We see huge potential in this collaborative partnership,” said Timothy Yates, CEO, DataXstream. “In extending the capability of FortiusOne’s GeoIQ, we can now offer our SAP customers access to GeoIQ’s cutting edge visualization and analysis capabilities.”

FortiusOne and DataXstream will be exhibiting their joint capabilities at the ASUG Annual Conference, May 11-14, booth number 858. Stop by or contact us to set up a meeting.

About FortiusOne
FortiusOne develops rich, dynamic Visual Intelligence that enables business executives to readily identify trends, opportunities and threats and make the best decisions to succeed. By using the most advanced technology and an extensive range of economic, political, environmental and geographic data sources to deliver real-time dynamic geospatial representations, FortiusOne is the world’s leader in developing Visual Intelligence for commercial enterprises and government agencies. Users can easily correlate and visualize their proprietary data, existing GIS, BI, LI, and CRM data, and GeoCommons’ repository of almost 9,000 data layers to create insightful maps and reports to empower decision making.

About DataXstream
DataXstream is an SAP Integration Leader in Systems Integration Architecture Consulting. Since 1997 DataXstream has consistently delivered robust, business-oriented, scalable solutions for a wide variety of SAP integration implementations. DataXstream brings an unsurpassed level of technical and functional expertise to engagements and frequently provides top level talent to large and complex projects run by SAP America. A partial list of clients and industries served by DataXstream is found by clicking here.

FortiusOne contact: Ruth Stiver,, 703.647.2142
DataXstream contact: Doug Foss,, 757.941.4883



DataXstream will be exhibiting at the 2009 SAPPHIRE / ASUG Annual Conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida – May 11-14. Stop by to visit with the DataXstream team and see SAP do something unbelievable!